The Last Of Us Creator Just Teased The Game’s Best Villain For Season 2
Neil Druckmann shared a poster on Twitter of a hand holding a bloody crowbar, referencing Abby jumping from the game to The Last of Us Season 2.
Endure and survive. The haunting words from HBO’s The Last of Us were on creator Neil Druckmann’s Twitter account when he tweeted a poster teasing Season 2 of the hit show. The illustrated poster features the arm of one of the video game series’ most divisive characters, Abby Anderson, holding a hammer before a burning car, teasing plenty of conflict for series leads Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the coming season.
In The Last of Us Part II, Abby is a playable character. She is a character on a quest to avenge her father, who was killed by Joel. The character has not yet been cast in HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us, but Druckmann’s latest tweet indicates that she will be around for season 2.
Abby is an antagonist in the sense that she opposes Ellie and Joel, but the game takes considerable care to make players empathize with the character. When confrontations occur, it can be unclear who fans should be rooting for. The Last of Us Season 2 will likely expand upon that idea, pushing the characters and audience deeper into moral dilemmas.
Season 1 of The Last of Us covered the first game, but the series’ writer and showrunner Craig Mazin, stated that Season 2 will not cover the entire second game. It is unclear how far the show will take the story of Ellie and Joel and how it will vary from the story of the games.
The Last of Us Season 2 is already poised to make changes from the game to account for divergences made in the first season. Some story differences are inevitable in adaptations from one medium to another, but Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have said that the only changes they make are to improve the story. So far, that has mostly been the case.
Season 1 of The Last of Us is approaching record viewership for HBO, and incredibly high marks on Rotten Tomatoes, which could leave season 2 to be even more anticipated than the first. While most viewers are happy with The Last of Us, Season 2 will allow the show’s creators to address fan complaints. One of the chief issues fans have taken with the show has been its inaccurate representations of certain locations. Craig Mazin has promised fans that the team will take measures to improve the show in that regard.
Even after the massive success of its debut season, The Last of Us has room to grow in Season 2. The games were praised for their tense, brutal stories, and the show is pulling no punches in honoring its source material. As the story grows darker, it gets more and more difficult to stomach. How audiences who came to The Last of Us without knowledge of the games will handle the twisting of the knife will be an interesting lesson for HBO.
The Last of Us Season 2 is not expected until late 2024 or early 2025. Until then, fans can stream the first season on HBO Max or buy it on DVD when it releases this summer. It may be a long wait for season 2, but The Last of Us fans know how to endure and survive.